Whether it’s basket making in Northern Quebec, or selling plastic toys in urban China, this collection of short films calls attention to our increasingly complex and contradictory relationship with our stuff.
In London’s bleak financial district, traders, bankers, and hedge fund managers describe an atavistic society, blood red in tooth and claw. As they move through the city streets, bodies become a metaphor for the extremity of an industry that twists and bends human nature into torturous form. -DW
Jacob Smith, Jon D. Erickson and Kathryn Goldman |
Five people — including a school bus driver from LA, an anti-poverty activist from West Virginia, the organizers of Democracy Spring, and Senator Bernie Sanders — all come together in an intersectional coalition that offers a glimmer of hope in these dark days.
Yuri Ancarani’s beautiful and bizarre film takes us inside the rarefied world of Middle Eastern falconry. Here the sport attracts passionate devotees from the Qatari hyper-rich who compete at auction for the best birds, drive deep into the desert to train their charges, and then assemble in Mad Max-style stadiums for spectacular tournaments.
Political junkies will enjoy this light-hearted look into the political campaign of Dr Ben Carson, who briefly polled ahead of Donald Trump in the 2015 run for the Republican nomination, and sought to define himself as the anti-establishment candidate who appealed to “real people.”
Imagine receiving a cheque every month that would cover your essential needs. How would you spend your time? What would you do with the extra cash? Unconditional basic income, guaranteed annual income, and negative income tax are just a few of the names for the social security program that has been gaining momentum around the world.
For two years, Belgian director Jérôme le Maire followed the members of a surgical unit at one of Paris’ biggest hospitals. The result is gripping and infuriating, tragic and ridiculous. It’s like ER meets The Office, as directed by D. A. Pennebaker.
Ada For Mayor is the incredible story of Colau’s journey from radical grassroots activist to principled politician. It is also the story of a movement that triumphed against all odds: the leftist Guanyem party, created by and for the citizens of Barcelona, committed to defending their rights against all affronts.
French-Canadian filmmaker François Jacob captures life in contemporary Norilsk (the city alone produces 20% of the world’s nickel) with a roaming camera, depicting the city and its residents with care and curiosity. A mix of black and white archival footage and a minimalist piano score softens the industrial-strength grimness.